By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California firefighter and his alleged mistress have been arrested in the murder of the woman's husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say.
Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, and Sabrina Limon, 35, were taken into custody this week on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a written release.
A spokeswoman for the Kern County district attorney said Hearn, a firefighter in the city of Redlands, 70 miles east of Los Angeles, and Limon were expected to be charged in the case on Thursday and make an initial court appearance.
According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, the body of 38-year-old Robert Limon was found on Aug. 17 in a BNSF Railway shop area in Tehachapi, some 100 miles northwest of Redlands.
An autopsy determined that Limon, an employee of BNSF, had been shot to death sometime after returning from the field.
During the subsequent three-month investigation, detectives determined that Hearn and Sabrina Limon were having an affair and that Hearn was responsible for the murder, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said.
Sabrina Limon is accused of conspiring with Hearn to kill her husband, it said.
It was not immediately clear if investigators believe that Hearn pulled the trigger himself in killing Robert Limon or if Sabrina Limon was accused of being present for the homicide.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)